Florence Malgoire has made a name for herself as a preeminent baroque violinist, due to her sensitive playing style and active engagement with music. Her talent has allowed her to adapt to a wide range of repertoire; she has performed both chamber music and great choral works.
Florence Malgoire is the daughter of conductor Jean-Claude Malgoire. She honed her baroque violin playing in La Petite Bande, a musical ensemble run by her teacher Sigiswald Kuijken, and through playing with La Grande Écurie at la Chambre du Roy ensemble, under the watchful eye of her father. She then became a solo violinist with top rate baroque ensembles such as Philippe Herreweghe’s La Chapelle Royale, Christophe Rousset’s Les Talens Lyriques and William Christie’s Les Arts florissants.
Florence Malgoire’s love of chamber music can be felt in her remarkable recordings (of Johann Sebastian Bach's Six Concertos for Harpsichord and works by Jean-Marie Leclair, Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville and Henry Purcell). A desire to do justice to largely unexplored repertoire led Malgoire to found her own ensemble Les Dominos in 2003, with whom she recorded the instrumental works of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, François Couperin and Marc-Antoine Charpentier for the Belgian label Ricercar, as well as the works of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber for the Psalmus label.
Alongside her career as a violinist, Florence Malgoire has explored various other fields. She has collaborated with choreographer Francine Lancelot on multiple occasions, in order to attempt to better interact with the 17th century context of baroque music, which was dominated by dance.
Her solo violin career naturally led Florence Malgoire to, at the suggestion of her father, experiment with conducting. She conducted both Mozart’s Requiem and Motets by Jean-Philippe Rameau at the Agape Festival. She is a Professor of Early Violin and Chamber Music at the Geneva Conservatoire. She has also led master classes at the Royaumont Abbey, Sablé, at the Autumn Festival in Tokyo, The Julliard School and in Rio de Janeiro.
Six Landmark Dates in the Life of Florence Malgoire
1978 : Made her debut playing Rinaldo by Handel, led by Jean-Claude Malgoire
1985 : Played the solo in the Aria Erbarme dich from St Matthew's Passion by J.S. Bach
1987 : Took on the role of solo violonist in the most well-known French Baroque ensembles (La Chapelle royale, Les Talens lyriques, Les Arts florissants)
2000 : Began teaching Early Violin and Chamber Music at the Geneva Conservatoire
2003 : Founded her own ensemble, Les Dominos.
2005 : Recorded 6 Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord by J.S. Bach with Blandine Rannou